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Can we go with you Lindsey?

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for my breath. Thank you for my life. Thank you for being my protector and my provider. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey as it is one of my favorite passages:

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. (Zechariah 8:23)

Lord, I’m here as usual to begin a prayer for your daughter who loves you. Today I see a choice before you Lindsey (and perhaps this not an either or choice but a both and). People want to see you. They want to hear you. They want to talk with you and pay extra money to do so. But consider why! Are they saying they want to go with you because you are such a fantastic inspiring dancing violinist? Or are they saying that they heard that God is with you, so they would like to be with you too! I pray that more and more people will be seeing that God is with you even more than seeing your great talent performing on stage and in videos. I pray that you would continue to not shy away from letting people know that God is with you and that all your talents are his gifts to you. I pray that God would reveal more of himself to you each day so that others watching you would see that God is part of you life … and say to themselves, “I’m not sure how God is with Lindsey so much, but I want it too! I hope she tells us how!” And we will give the glory to God. The glory is all his. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Hard Hearted?

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the sun in the day and the moon and stars in the night. Thank you for stars that twinkle and sunsets that sparkle. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:38-44,52)

Lord, I’m ready to begin a new day’s prayer for your daughter who you love. Lindsey, being hard hearted is not a good thing. But it seems like our hearts may just tend to be that way. In this scripture we read about an all out amazing miracle… feeding 5,000 men with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread! But look what it says about the disciples – the guys who were travelling with Jesus day after day. They were trying to follow Jesus as best as they could. Yet, here we are told that their hearts were hard … they were hard hearted! If even Jesus’s closest disciples ended up hard hearted after witnessing such an amazing miracle, what can we do? How can we avoid a hard heart?

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

It seems like one way to avoid having hard hearts is to take heed … to take care! Watch out that our hearts do not become unbelieving so we fall away from the living God! I pray that you heed this warning Lindsey, for it seems to be talking about people who really are trying to follow Jesus … just that they let their guard down and a bit of disbelief slips in … and they fall away without even noticing it! To avoid this we need to encourage each other each day, so I pray that the Lord would continually surround you with people who will not only encourage you, but who will notice and let you know any time you are starting to stray from the living God. I pray that you would not be deceived by what seems like good ideas in the world around you. And since by definition, if you are deceived you cannot notice it yourself, I pray that there would always be godly people to cross your path that will not shy away from telling you!

But what if you find yourself with a hard heart? How can we remove a hard heart? God can do it!

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:17-20)

Lindsey, I pray that any time you find your heart hardening that you will call out to God to remove the stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. I ask that God would give you an undivided heart so that he would remain your focus every day. I pray that God would give you that new spirit and that you will walk with him and be a do-er! Do what God is asking. Lord, this can be very hard, so I pray that you would be Lindsey’s strength. Grant her the wisdom to see what she needs to see. Grant her the courage to walk where she needs to walk, for she is your daughter and you are her God. And we give you the glory. All the glory is yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Fret at night? Fuss about too early in the morning? NOT!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the wind. Gusts of wind. Cold blasts of wind. Fierce WIND! And then calm (for just 7 seconds, then more wind!) Thank you for letting it be a reminder that what we cannot see can be more real than what we see. Thank you for allowing me to know that you are right here with me even though I cannot see you with my eyes, for my heart can see you! And thank you for the scripture for your daughter Lindsey:

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)

Lord, I am here again. I’m here as usual to begin a new prayer for your daughter you love. Lindsey, God loves you so much that he will give you peaceful sleep. He loves you so much that he calls you “beloved”. He loves you so much that he goes “out of his way” (so to speak) to remind you of things that are important. And today, he reminds you to not worry. Don’t get anxious about the next day, waking up too early to fuss about trying to get everything “just right”. He points out that perhaps staying up late moaning about what happened that day may not be a good idea. And so I ask God to watch over you while you sleep. I ask that he give you pleasant dreams and a peaceful moment when you awake. I ask that he be with you late at night reminding you that everything is OK because he is in charge, he has control, and you can just go to sleep! I pray for you Lindsey … that you would be content each day regardless of the circumstances. I pray sweet contentedness over you. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Radiant!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for coffee. Thank you for a Wendy’s chocolate frosty. And thank you for reminding me to try combining them! The frosty cooled down the coffee so I did not need to add ice cubes. The frosty took the place of the cream.  And it even took the place of the sugar. Thank you for a wonderful drink this morning! And thank you for an interesting scripture from Jeremiah for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:11-13)

The center piece of this scripture can be translated as being RADIANT when in the midst of the goodness of the Lord!

ESV:

they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord

NET:

They will be radiant with joy over the good things the Lord provides

NLT:

They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts

HCSB:

they will be radiant with joy because of the Lord’s goodness

Lord, I’m here again. I was anxious to come see you this morning when I woke up for I wanted to begin another prayer for your daughter who enjoys singing and playing songs of joy to you. I ask that you find a way for her to come and sing to you today. Let her joy be evident to those around her.  Let her glow as she delights in you Lord. Let her be radiant with joy while she is in the midst of your goodness. And we will give the glory to you. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

I Pray That You Are Praying!

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for another day. Thank you for my breath and my life. Thank you for always being with me. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Lord, I’m here as usual to begin another day’s prayer for your daughter you love. Lindsey, today I am praying that you are praying! Yes indeed, because when you pray, God will listen. If you seek him with all your heart you will indeed find him. God has good plans for you… plans that give you a future and a hope… plans to prosper you. And so, I pray today that you will pray. God is waiting to hear from his daughter! Pray knowing God will answer you. And together let’s give him the glory. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Trust and Delight in the Lord and He Grants You the Desires of Your Heart

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for a new day. Thank you for the overnight rain. Thank you for my car which for over two decades has gotten me around my city. And thank you for the scripture for my prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. (Psalm 37:3-6)

Lord, I’m here again as usual to begin today’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter who delights herself in you. Lindsey, today’s prayer may be for things you already know and do, but we are told to remind each other of such things, so join me in this prayer. I pray that you continue to trust in the Lord. I pray that you continue to do what is right and good each day and that God will take care of you as you dwell in this land. Let those around you notice your faith and your integrity. I pray that you continue to delight yourself in the Lord. I ask that God would once again fill you full of his joy as you delight in him. I ask that he grant you the desires of your heart. Make a commitment Lindsey! Decide that you will trust in God and that you will go the way he shows you, and he will bring it to pass. He will publicly defend your just cause. Lord, let Lindsey’s righteousness shine brightly, as bright as the noonday sun. Let all those around her see this light. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Cling to God – You Have Seen Him Do Awesome Things

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for my taste. Thank you that I can taste my coffee. Thank you that I can taste the eggs. Thank you that I can differentiate the sweet taste of a donut from the sour taste of a grapefruit. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.
He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

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And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. (Jeremiah 32:40)

Lord, I’m here again and ready for another day with you. But right now I wish to lift up Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Help her to cling to you. Help her to maintain her reverent fear of the Lord. Inspire this fear of the Lord in her heart Lord. Every day bring to mind some of the great and awesome things that she witnessed you doing. I ask that you never stop doing good for her. And we will give praise to you. We will give you the glory. All the glory is yours. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

The Lord Is Your Guide. He Makes Your Way Straight.

Heavenly Father, I welcome a new day with you. I welcome a day where bits of your glory will be evident. I welcome the day and thank you for all the beauty in your creation. I also thank you for the scripture for my prayer today for your daughter Lindsey:

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (Psalm 5:8)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. I ask that you lead her in your righteousness. There are those who want her to stumble, so I pray that you would lead her past them. Make her way straight Lord. Remove obstacles that are in the way. Be her guide Lord. Light the path that you set before her and give her the courage to walk that path. And we will give you the glory. All the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Delight in God’s Way as He Upholds You with His Hand

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for my breath. Thank you for my life. Thank you for lungs that keep working even while I sleep. Thank you for a heart that keeps on beating day and night without fail. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)

Lord, I’m here to lift up Lindsey to you. She strives to read your Word each and every day. She loves you Lord. She trusts you and expects that you will establish her way and order her steps for she delights in your way. And so today I ask that you watch over your daughter. I ask that you arrange things for her to be just so! Just the way you would have her go. Light the way before her so that she can see it clearly. If she stumbles and begins to fall, catch her Lord. Hold her in your hand so that she not be cast down. Protect her so that she will not fall flat on her face. I ask that you place people in her path today who will encourage her. I ask that you fill her heart with your Joy today. And we will give the glory to you Lord. Glory! I ask this all in the name and with the authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Have an Understanding of the Times and Know What To Do

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for providing us with food. Not just my family, but our whole neighborhood. Not just our neighborhood, but all the neighborhoods in our city. And not just in our city but in our whole state. And not just in our state but food for our entire country. And not just our country but food for every country. You are an awesome God that can provide enough food for every country in the world today … and every day! Thank you! And thank you for the interesting scriptures to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. (1 Chronicles 11:3)

Then in the next chapter of 1 Chronicles we are told who came to David after he was crowned king! Here is how scriptures refers to each tribe (summary of 1 Chronicles 12:22-40):

  • Judah: men bearing shield and spear, ready and armed for war
  • Simeon: mighty men of valour for war
  • Levi: a young man mighty of valour and twenty two captains
  • Benjamin: formerly of the house of Saul
  • Ephraim: mighty men of valour, famous in their land
  • Half Tribe of Manasseh: men expressed by name to come to make David king
  • Issachar: men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do and 200 leaders with all their brethren
  • Zebulun: those come from battle, expert in war, with all weapons of war, they were not of double heart, not divided in their loyalty to David
  • Naphtali: 1,000 captains and men with shield and spear
  • Dan: expert in war
  • Asher: those come from battle, expert in war
  • Reuben, Gad and Half Tribe of Manasseh: all manner of weapons of war for battle

Lord, I’m here again as usual to begin another days prayer for Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Lindsey, today we see something interesting in how scriptures refer to all the tribes of Israel gathering together to transfer the kingdom of Saul over to David right after he was annointed king of Israel. Review the list of tribes in the summary just above (or the full text below) and you will see virtually all the tribes are referred to as sending men of valour, men bearing shields and spears, captains and leaders with all kinds of weapons, experts in war and ready for battle. They all came to turn over Saul’s kingdom to David. After this list of tribes, scriptures tell us they were all of one heart to make David king! But one thing seems to stand out as each of the tribes are listed. Look at Issachar! Yes, they had 200 leaders and all their people under their command similar to all the other tribes. However, this is the only tribe that scripture mentions one additional qualification, one extra quality. With Issachar came men that understood the times and knew what Israel out to do. And that is a quality that I pray over you today Lindsey. I pray that you can be ready for the battles that you will undoubtedly face, just like everyone should be alert, trained and ready. However, I pray that God would grant you the ability to understand the times. I pray that God would help you to see what is going on in your city, your state, your country. I pray also that God would also fill you with the knowledge of what people should do. Not just what YOU should do, but what the people in your country should do. And now an even bigger prayer. I pray that God would place you in a position where you can speak out what you see and what ought to be done. And I pray that God would protect you as you step out on the path he sets before you, for he will not send you and leave you alone. We know he will be with you every step of the way. Lord, I ask that you would often give Lindsey tangible things to remind her that you are there with her. And we will give the glory to you. The glory is all yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

Full Text of Scripture:

For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.

The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.
Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.
Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred; And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father’s house twenty and two captains.
And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.
And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.
And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.
And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.
And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.
And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them. Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel. (1 Chronicles 12:22-40)

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